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FIRM PURSUING PROJECT IN SHOPPING PLAZA

East Aurora village administrator Patrick E. Richey announced Monday night that Benderson Development is "actively pursuing" plans to develop the Aurora Village Shopping Plaza.

Benderson's current plans call for an 82,000 square foot Tops supermarket that would greatly expand the present configuration of the plaza if a rezoning request now before the board is approved.

The ball is currently in Benderson's court as the village continues to wait for the development company to submit a draft environmental impact statement that would give exact details of what they want to do. Richey quoted Benderson officials as saying that the statement is 95 percent complete and should be presented to the Village Board shorty after the New Year. Richey said conversations he has had with attorneys for Benderson were essentially "non-committal" about their plans, but he quoted them as saying the Village Board would "be pleased" with them.

In other business at the work session, the board:

Heard Mayor John V. Pagliaccio report Rural Metro Ambulance wants to negotiate an increase in its fee structure with the village. The board went into executive session after the work session to discuss contract terms.

Heard Richey say the Herman Group, who proposes to build a "gated community" on 27 acres of vacant land on both sides of Girard Avenue at Buffalo Road in the village's northwest corner, is now proposing a 56-unit "assisted living" complex on the site. Richey said the developers are not looking at any type of IDA financing or tax breaks. The village is still awaiting a development plan.

Took community activist Arthur Giacalone to task for a letter he wrote regarding the demolition permit request of Ronne Kobis to raze a fire ravaged structure on the historic Roycroft Campus. Village attorney Thomas Andruschat said "the contents of Mr. Giacalone's letter (incorrectly) assumed Mr. Kobis was the applicant in requesting a state Environmental Quality Review Act form to be filled out." Andruschat said it was the village who is legally the applicant in requesting such a study.

"If he would have shown me the courtesy of a phone call, I would have pointed it out," Andruschat said.

Announced that three candidates who have passed the county civil service exam for police officer reside in the Town of Aurora. Richey said two of those candidates scored in the 90 percent range. Officer training school starts Jan. 20 and lasts for six months, Richey said, so if the village/town department is going to hire an additional police officer for its 16-man department, they have to act fairly soon. Richey said the police academy is offered only once every one or two years.

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